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Merri Shaffner asks, "How much did Goliath's spear weigh?"

Well, I Samuel 17:7 says the following: "And the staff of his (Goliath's) spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him."

1 shekel = .403 ounces
16 ounces = pound

Therefore 600 shekels x .403 ounces = 241.8 ounces
241.8 ounces / 16 ounces = 15.11 pounds

Please note that the head of Goliath's spear weighed 15.11 pounds; his staff must have weighed between 20-50 pounds. Therefore, it is possible that Goliath's spear weighed as much as 65 pounds!

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Merri Shaffner also asks, "How old was David when he slew Goliath?"

The Bible does not say how old David was when he fought Goliath, but it does give us an approximation.

I Samuel 17:42 says the following: "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance."

According to Roget's Thesaurus, Youth is defined as "the time of life between childhood and maturity." David had not yet reached his full growth and development which constitutes maturity; therefore David was probably around the ages of 12-16 when he killed the Philistine giant named Goliath.

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green dot Janine Tomlinson asks, "What's the equivalent of 30 pieces of silver, at that time?"

    In Matthew 26:15, Judas agreed to deliver Jesus to the chief priests for 30 pieces of silver.

    1 piece of silver (shekel) was equivalent to about 4 days' wages during that time. A shekel is equivalent to 25¢ in modern-day United States.

    Thirty pieces of silver is equivalent to $7.50 U.S.

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green dot Mark Thomas asks, "How tall was Goliath?"

    Well the Bible says in I Samuel 17:4 that Goliath was six cubits and a span tall.

    1 cubit = 18 inches
    1 span = 9 inches

    6 cubits x 18 inches/cubit = 108 inches + 9 inches/span = 117 inches

    117 inches / 12 inches/foot = 9.75 feet

    This is equivalent to 9 feet 9 inches!
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green dot Ron Campbell asks, "What were the names of Isaiah's sons, and what do his sons' names mean?"

    Well the Bible says in Isaiah 7:3 that Isaiah's first son was named Shear-Jashub.

    The name Shear-Jashub means "a remnant shall return."

    The Bible tells us in Isaiah 8:1-4 that Isaiah's second son was named Maher-shalah-hash-baz.

    The name Maher-shalah-hash-baz so happens to be the longest name in the Bible.

    The name Maher-shalah-hash-baz means "the spoil hastens; the prey speeds."

    God had Isaiah's son named Maher-shalah-hash-baz because in verse 4, the Lord says "For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria."

    In other words, before Maher-shalah-hash-baz would even know how to cry out to his parents, Assyria would carry off the riches of Damascus and Samaria (a territory in Israel).
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